Calling self advocates: Have your say in new accessibility law
The Government of B.C. is asking British Columbians to help shape a future law that will make B.C. a more accessible and inclusive province. Minister Shane Simpson has launched a consultation process and CLBC wants to encourage self advocates to get involved and have a say.
Read the government announcement here. You can have your say through an online survey, via email or telephone, through nine community events or through a virtual townhall meeting. Learn about these opportunities here.
October is Community Inclusion Month
In October, CLBC joins other organizations and community groups in asking all British Columbians to celebrate the contributions of people who live with diverse abilities.
We encourage people to promote the month on social media, to ask their local municipalities to proclaim the month, and to let us know about events to build awareness locally about the importance of including the people we serve in community life. To help with this, here are links to a cover letter template and a proclamation template. CLBC encourages everyone to let us know about any proclamations or activities to recognize the month in your area, and we will help promote them via our web site calendar of events. Send your information to Christopher.Rae@gov.bc.ca.
2019 WOW (Widening Our World) Awards
We are pleased to announce that inclusion champions from Princeton, Surrey, Kamloops, Salt Spring Island and Vernon have been selected as this year’s Widening our World (WOW) winners. Learn about the winners by clicking here.
An evaluation committee of self advocates, family members, service providers and CLBC staff scoured the 62 nominations received to identify these four people and an organization who are working in ways large and small to make their community more welcoming. Each winner will be celebrated with a presentation event in their home community during Community Inclusion Month.
Inclusive housing project update: Please take survey
The Inclusive Housing Task Force, co-chaired by Community Living BC and Inclusion BC, is moving forward with data research and the creation of planning resources for individuals and families as well as public awareness and engagement tools.
From August to mid-October, the BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) is conducting an online survey to ask CLBC-eligible individuals about their current housing situations and what kind of housing they envision for their future. The data collected in this survey will be critical to help engage decision makers in communities throughout B.C. as well as assist CLBC, Inclusion BC, service providers, self-advocate and family groups, housing organizations, developers, and municipal governments as they plan for housing, along with needed supports.
Upcoming Welcome Workshops
CLBC continues to see a high interest in our new Welcome Workshops. The workshops were developed with the input of hundreds of individuals and families to provide better information on Getting Started (an introduction to CLBC and planning for adulthood), Community Connections (discussing helpful resources in your community), Planning Choices (reviewing the different ways to plan for the future) and the “Real Deal” (understanding how CLBC works). Workshops are led by a self advocate, family member and a CLBC staff member. You can find out more by clicking here.
Contact your local CLBC office to learn about workshops near you. The next series of Welcome Workshops is happening in October in the following communities:
CLBC Board community visits and open meetings
CLBC’s Board of Directors continues to work to see firsthand CLBC programs and services through its visits to different communities across the province. You can read about recent visits to services and programs in Vancouver here and Victoria here. Members of the public and individuals and families are also welcome to attend CLBC’s open board meetings to meet board members and listen to proceedings. You also have the opportunity to present questions to the board at open board meetings, and you can learn about how to do that here. The next CLBC Board meeting will be held in Vancouver on November 20.